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Illuminating working class history

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Issue 2344

 

Red Saunders, a founder member of Rock Against Racism, has recreated important moments in working class history in large scale photgraphs with costumed models.  

The image above is set in Newington village, now part of north London. In the 18th century the area was famous for being a safe haven for dissenters and where Mary Wollstonecraft moved her school for girls in 1784. 

She is shown in the scene above wearing a ribbon in support of the French Revolution. 

Other works show The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 and the London Chartists when they elected son of a slave William Cuffey as their leader in 1848.

Hidden

Photographic tableaux vivant by Red Saunders, People’s History Museum,

until 29 September 2013, free. 

phm.org.uk

 

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